Today's genius is Robert Oppenheimer, pictured above on the left. Oppenheimer was responsible for leading the team of scientists at the Manhattan Project for the development of the first atomic bomb. It would be unfair to call him the "inventor" of the atomic bomb. The bomb was not so much something that was invented as it was "realized". Based on work by physicists like Einstein and others in the early 1900's, it was "realized" that a small amount of matter contained a huge amount of energy, and if that huge amount of energy was released incredibly powerful bombs could be made. Oppenheimer was the one responsible for taking the equations, and turning them into something that goes "boom". Like the bomb or not, there is no denying the genius that was required to realize it.